Post by Frank Cierpial
In the year 2008, two men were at the right place at the right time. It happened at a bar in “Le Marais”, which is the notorious gay district of Paris. I don’t know what sparked it. But on that night, on a tiny dot on the globe, two men fell in love. I had the great pleasure of meeting these two men a little under a year ago at a bar called “Sly Bar”. It is their bar. Their names are Sylvain and Messias and they have been together for six years.
One of the many things that I often heard from my American students when I worked in study abroad, was that they could seem to figure out how to meet French people. You would think that for young students it would be easy, so if they were having a hard time, then what do those who are beyond university years, or even in their 30′s, 40′s, 50′s and beyond do? Are you traveling here soon, and want a fabulous way to meet the locals? Book your hotel room, and then book your dinners with Voulez-Vous Diner, all in the homes of Parisians! What a great way to enjoy the culture here.
Post by Jenny Bailey
While the city offers plenty to do throughout the year, Paris in the summer is particularly pleasant. And it’s not just the weather that’s heating up – there’s a variety of events from festivals to frivolities to look forward to as well. Here are some favorites to catch if you get the chance.
Tiki Lounge 26 bis, rue de la Fontaine au Roi 75011 Paris – T. 01.55.28.57.72.
So on the sunniest day we have had yet this very wet and rainy Spring in Paris, my friend from glorious California invites all his Parisian friends to meet for drinks during his short visit to the City of
Rain Lights. I gave him a slight jabbing saying that he had no idea how sun-starved we all are, and he being from the bright beaches on the Pacific coast didn’t think anything of inviting us all to one of the darkest bars in town. Continue reading
Me and my bestie, headed out the other night to try I place that I had randomly passed by a few weeks ago while on a picture snapping stroll of the city of lights.
I had been wandering through the 9th, clicking my camera button to my heart’s content at any-and-everything that caught my eye. And I walked past this place that winked at me out of the corner of my gaze as I passed it in a slow hurry to nowhere. I stopped, turned around and walked back the three steps I had gone beyond it’s door. I peered in the window. Nobody was there except a guy or two behind the bar. He seemed to be polishing counters and wiping down glasses. I, being the curious soul that I am, assumed they were open despite the empty tables, and I waltzed right in.
A branch of La Cantine, it’s called Espace Public Numérique and is a public space for computer and Internet use for those who do not have access at home.
Offered by the city of Paris
Miss Mary, of Fox in Paris showed me a place that she had discovered, which is right up my alley.
A store that has gone totally nuts!
I recently blogged about a little café hopping action that was going on with Mlle Mary of Fox in Paris… and maybe it is all the free time in the month of May with several bank holidays and whatnot, or perhaps it’s the nicer weather (as is it isn’t full-on winter anymore, but we certainly haven’t reached the levels of Spring warmth that should be happening…). Anyway, I have been in the mood to go sit in fun cafés, soak in the wifi waves and drink coffee concoctions and tons of tea…
Image from Blog Alcazar (Click image for link)
…Le Brunch is a big deal here in Paris. Or maybe it is a world wide phenomenon going on. Because Sunday morning my instagram is choc full of brunch images from both sides of the Atlantic and even elsewhere in the world from all the trendy and interesting people I follow. I have gone out to brunch in Paris a few times, but generally I save that for a big occasion. Why? Because I work Saturdays and I just can’t drag myself out of bed (nor Chéri either for that matter!), and get dressed, do my hair (because non, I don’t leave the house and go out into the City of Lights without looking presentable, and yes, you can snicker and call me Parisian, I will take it as a compliment!). Sundays are sacred for me and Chéri. We rest. At home mostly.
But all those brunch photos!!!!! Continue reading